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It's 1984, and four young lives intersect in Testimony, Ohio, with one of the four, Diana, becoming the victim of rape. After introducing her major characters and a central issue, Griffith (Shades of Style series) jumps ahead to 2005, when Diana, now going by her middle name Grace, returns to her hometown, and her troubled past, to teach at a charter school for challenging teens the system is about to give up on. The book is all about relationships: their changes, their remarkable endurance, their power to nurture. Grace and minister's daughter Zeely are close friends; Grace and her teaching colleague Brian become quickly entangled in a halting but inevitable romance; lawyer Ron, who was like Brian's brother when the two were young, is engaged to Mindy but has been carrying the torch for Zeely. Interracial romance allows Griffith to engage racism as a force affecting her characters; the town of Testimony also got its name from the $500 exacted before a black fleeing slavery would be allowed to settle in the area. The book is thickly plotted, perhaps too thickly—some connections between characters and events strain credibility. Nor is everything resolved, since there's a sequel in the offing. Griffith's dialogue is engaging and her major characters deeply memorable; she deserves a wide audience. (Sept.)
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About the Author

Marilynn Griffith is a freelance writer and conference speaker whose online columns and blogs reach thousands of women each year. She is the author of the Shades of Style series. Marilynn lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with her husband and their seven children.

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  • File Size: 1028 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2008)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054Z7MQG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,186 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Coissiere "The Tough Critic" VINE VOICE on September 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
Dance class is not always easy and neither is life. Grace Okoye has been dancing with two left feet for far too long. When Grace receives a letter and an old notebook asking her to return to the neighborhood from where she ran so many years before, the melody of her life quickly becomes a beat she can dance to. In Marilynn Griffith's Rhythms of Grace, one woman returns to her home town where others are trying to find the right beat for their life as well.

When Grace arrives in the small town of Testimony, Ohio her friend, Zeely Wilkins, has already set up her home for her. Zeely is a preacher's daughter, a teacher at the Imani Academy, a dancer, and a singer. She is organized in almost every way. The extra box Grace has is not the only thing Zeely tucks away in a dark corner. Will Zeely share with Grace what lies beneath the surface? Will she finally make the decision she has been battling for years?

In Rhythms of Grace the men have issues too, while still being macho. Dr. Brian Mayfield is one of them; dealing with the reality of his missing past. He is a sexy, loc-wearing tough guy, who has to share his classroom with the breathtaking Ms. Okoye. Fighting with his self, those around him and God, Dr. Mayfield finds a little trouble he was not expecting. Will he walk away from the Imani Academy to get away from his problems? Will he be able to survive sharing his space with Grace, without breaking down and believing God brought her to him?

The saying "each one teach one" fits perfectly in the same breath and statement as Rhythms of Grace. Of all the books I have read by Marilynn Griffith, this one is my all-time favorite. The characters are so real to me. I am certain I could find these people in my everyday life. I did not want this story to end.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Penda L James on October 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
I was given a copy of this book at a writer's conference in Dayton, OH. I have never heard of the author, but from the description of the book given, I knew I needed to read it.

What started out as skimming turned into reading and I could not put the book down. I left the session early just so I could read!

Without telling too much of the story, I'll just say that as a dancer, a survivor, a woman, and a Christian I was touched to my core in many places while reading. It caused me to reflect on my special relationship with my father and investigate the disconnects between my mother and I. Even though I am married, but I was inspired to continue believing in love and trusting in God's promises. I will make sure to nurture my own daughter and support her dreams so that she can become who God has called her to be.

I heard the voice of the characters as if they were people I loved telling me a story over Thanksgiving dinner.

I will look forward to reading more of the author's work, and until I do, I will thank God for His grace.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By book lover on October 2, 2008
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Marilynn Griffith has outdone herself. Rhythms of Grace is her best novel yet. Like all of her books, it is full of rich characters and has a compelling plot. This is excellent fiction, and the fact that it is Christian Fiction is an added bonus.

Synopsis: Grace has spent her life running from the tragedies in her past that continue to haunt her. She returns to her hometown only at the bidding of her former dance teacher. When she becomes a teacher at an alternative school, she develops relationships with old friends, new friends, and potential love.

Once I started reading this book, I hated to put it down. The only things that stopped me were my need to sleep and feed my children. Every page of this book is rich with Marilynn Griffith's prose, and the saving message of Jesus Christ is throughout the book.

Run, don't walk, to the nearest bookstore to pick up this book. You won't be disappointed
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bookworm on May 18, 2012
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I really disliked this book. I took me a few months to actually finish it because I took every available opportunity to read something else. I hated the way the book was structured with every chapter being fom a different POV. It was very confusing and I often forgot whose POV it was mid chapter. The plot was nonexistent and the characters annoying. I feel bad giving this bad of a review but the witing in this book was just horrible. I actually wish I had not toughed it out to the end because now I see there is a sequel. God help us. Do not waste your time on this book or your money if there is a cost. Its not worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Burns on July 19, 2011
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I have always loved Marilynn Griffith but this book reminded me why. Rhythms of Grace is a wonderful story about forgiveness, acceptance and reconciliation with the past and with one's self. The story follows the main protagonist Grace, who after having a traumatic childhood experience, finds herself lost as an adult and at odds with herself. Along for the ride are several other characters who have their own issues, that are in many ways similar. Zeely, Grace's best friend, maintains a close but tense relationship with Grace as she has her own secrets to confront. Brian Mayfield, though accomplished in the eyes of the world, still struggles with his own sense of significance due to questions about his past. And Ron, the white boy in a black community struggles to figure out what really is the right thing to do.

What I loved about this book is the perfect characterization of all the main characters. Griffith lets you know who they are without ever telling you who they are. It's perfect. The author was also good at building suspense throughout the novel and kept me hanging on to the end. There was even a bit of a mystery involved and I was surprised to find out who was behind everything at the end. And of course, like every Griffith novel, it was very well written.

The only slightly negative thing was that the novel was quite long. I also didn't like that a few of the storylines were not completely tied up, so at the end you know there will be a sequel. However none of these factors should deter readers from an otherwise very good work of fiction.

There are certainly levels of Christian Fiction. There is a lot of stuff that entertains out there, but Griffith brings it to a higher meaningful level with this novel. I think readers looking for a bit more substance will like this one.
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